The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has vehemently denied reports that its legal team met with Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Jubril Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the AGF, had in a statement alleged that the AGF met with Ohanaeze’s legal team, adding that the apex Igbo group expressed willingness to monitor the proceedings in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ohanaeze Ndigbo however denied the report. According to The Punch Newspaper, Prof. George Obiozor, the President-General of Ohanaeze, stated that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by him did not send anyone to the Federal Government.
Asked if the Ohanaeze legal team met with the AGF, he said; “Ohanaeze legal team? I don’t know about that one. I don’t know about that Ohanaeze legal team; we haven’t sent a legal team.
“I don’t know about that Ohanaeze. Maybe it is another Ohanaeze wherever, but the Ohanaeze worldwide, the one led by me, has not sent any legal team yet to him (Malami). We constituted our team just on Saturday led by the Ohanaeze national legal adviser.”
The AGF through his aide, Dr. Gwandu, had alleged that the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on the issue of Kanu demonstrated its recognition that the South-East region belongs to Nigeria.
“The group showed a mature departure from the mindset of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra when Ohanaeze said: ‘We do not support the use of any form of violence’, while channelling concerns and presenting demands.
“By urging the youth to be law-abiding and sheath their sword as well as asking them to try to obtain voter cards to enable them to contribute to national development, the position of Ohanaeze becomes glaringly constitutional and commendable.”
Malami was quoted as stating, “The current administration respects the rule of law and does not advocate the breach of law. Hence, with or without the so-called monitoring group, justice will be adequately served to Nnamdi Kanu in compliance with the enshrined provisions of the law.”
He further expressed hope that the group would be open-minded in conveying the court’s judgment to its people in their local dialects.
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